When it comes to larger coaches, like Volvos and large buses, their services are quite limited in Kashmir. The roads in Kashmir are narrow and hilly, much to the annoyance of larger buses. Local buses are with seating capacity well over 50 only operate on selected routes and usually for longer distances. In the city interiors, its small coaches or mini-buses that help in commutation and public transportation.
Among the mini-buses or coaches, the Tata 407, which comes in a number of vehicle types are quite popular. These vehicles have seating capacity of about 20 and more passengers, depending on the type of the vehicle. Most of these vehicles have fixed seats and do not have air-conditioning system. However, some new 407 vehicles have been recently introduced which do feature pushback seats and fans for regulating temperatures in the summer.
Although there is a good number of 407 vehicles, which are mainly used for public transportation, the services are quite limited for tourists. Most of these vehicles have a fixed route permit which allows them to stick to the routes they are licensed to.
Mini-buses and coaches are ideal for larger groups of people when they wish to travel together. As it has been witnessed, mini-buses are the first choices for picnics and excursions, especially the new ones, locally known as LPs.
Larger buses and Volvo services are almost non-existant owing to the fact that they are not allowed to be commuting in the inner city and townships during the day. Their presence in InterState transportation, that is traveling from either Jammu or neighboring states, is prominent.